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Hawaii lawmakers tackling housing, dental needs, pay equity

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ and MARINA RIKER
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are heading into their second full week of the 2016 legislative session.

They're planning to tackle housing, dental needs for the poor, renewable energy, breastfeeding jurors and gender pay equity.

Housing and homelessness will be on the top of the agenda at multiple hearings Monday and Tuesday. Housing developers and various agencies will give updates on affordable housing projects in the works.

A Senate committee on Monday will hear a bill that would ensure equal pay for men and women performing similar work.

A House committee will talk Tuesday about allowing counties to run their own public utilities. And a Senate committee will consider a proposal to allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control.

Also Tuesday, a House committee will discuss restoring basic dental benefits to Medicaid patients.

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